San Francisco Giants: Possible Trade Targets

By Jake Mastroianni
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MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles /

Brett Gardner 

Here is a very interesting name that I haven’t given as much thought as I maybe should have. It’s been rumored that the New York Yankees might be willing to move Brett Gardner.

He’s signed at least through 2018 with a team option for 2019. He’ll be making $12.5 million this year and $11.5 million next year with a team option for $12.5 million in 2019.

Much like the Detroit Tigers with J.D. Martinez, the New York Yankees have to decide if they’re going to try and compete this year or continue building for the future.

Gardner has been a very steady major league outfielder hitting between .260 and .270 for the majority of his career. He’s played in at least 148 games for six of the last seven years. In 2016 he hit .261 with 7 home runs, 80 runs scored and 16 stolen bases.

The power numbers were down a bit after he hit 16 the year before and 17 the year before that. Those are the only two seasons he’s hit double-digit home runs though.

I’ve always thought the New York Yankees thought more highly of him than other teams, so I’m sure they’d want more than anyone is willing to give in return for Gardner.

I think the left-handed hitter would fit well in the San Francisco Giants lineup though as you could bat him at the top or bottom of the batting order.